When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) - John 4:7-9 (NIV)
Why is that we allow people’s physical uniqueness, appearance, and differences to alter how we treat them? We say don't judge a book by its cover, but once the cover reaches a certain level of uncomfortableness for us, we begin to view the book differently even before we open it. Jesus knew everything about the woman at the well before He spoke to her, but it never changed how He viewed her or talked to her. The Bible doesn’t say much about her appearance, but when you have lived your life in a very similar way to a prostitute, your appearance gives itself away. Jesus never was uncomfortable because of a person’s presence that indicated their lifestyle.
As little kids we don’t see color, we don’t see rich or poor, or build stereotypes, but kids love as Christ loved. I once knew a little boy that played soccer in a hospital hallway with another boy that was covered in bandages and almost unrecognizable because of a medical procedure. He saw someone to play with, not an awkward and hopefully avoidable situation. Somewhere between childhood and adulthood our perspective gets injured or broken. It’s so crucial for us to become like children in our heart, our soul, and our mind. Becoming like Christ in every area of life.
PRAYER: Lord help us to see people as you see them. Make my compassion come alive in me Lord. Restore my heart and transform my mind to love like a child and my soul will delight in you. God who is my person at the well? Give me an opportunity to share your love and compassion today in Jesus Name Amen.